Fast Facts about Porter-Gaud School
Porter-Gaud is an Episcopal, coeducational, independent, college preparatory day school. We acknowledge the sovereignty of God, recognize the worth of the individual, and seek to cultivate a school community that endows its citizens with a foundation of moral and ethical character and intellect. Porter-Gaud fosters a challenging academic environment that honors excellence in teaching and learning, respects differences, expects honesty, and applauds achievement. The school strives to create an environment that nurtures and protects what we value most in our children: their faith, their curiosity, their talents, their integrity, their humanity, and their dreams.
Porter-Gaud was founded in 1867 by Reverend Dr. Anthony Toomer Porter of the Church of the Holy Communion to mold "the hearts and minds" of young men. The school went on to become the Porter Military Academy, and then merged with Gaud and Watt schools in 1964. Today, Porter-Gaud School is one of the Southeast's leading independent schools.
A Porter-Gaud education offers students rigorous academics in the core areas of study - English, Math, Science, History, and World Languages (including Chinese, Spanish, Latin, and French) - and array of opportunities in religion, technology, and the humanities. We offer more than 180 classes and 21 AP courses in the Upper School.
Students begin working with the College Counseling team in the 9th grade. Our college matriculation list includes Harvard University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Middlebury College, Clemson Honors, and Bowdoin College, to name a few. Typically, more than 95% of our graduates qualify for South Carolina Lottery Scholarship.
More than 75% of our Middle and Upper School students participate in Cyclone athletics. We offer 50 teams in over 25 sports. The Cyclones have won 115 state championships (so far!) since 1975, and over half of last year's graduating class was a part of a state championship team during their Porter-Gaud career.
Theatre, music, and the visual arts empower our students with imagination, creativity and problem-solving abilities. We offer more than 11 performance ensembles school-wide and seven (7) stage productions every year.
Students work with more than 40 local and 5 international non-profit organizations. Each year, our students from first through twelfth grades dedicate more than 3,000 service hours to the Lowcountry and beyond.
Technology is used daily by our students and faculty across multiple disciplines and across all grades. As home to the only four-year, secondary computer science program in South Carolina, we are inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and responsible digital citizens.
950 students • 15 States and 7 countries represented • 13% students of color